On this day in 1995 Liverpool’s Belgian forward Divock Origi was born.
Signing for Liverpool from Lille in 2014 Origi spent the 2014/15 campaign on loan with the French club as part of the deal that saw him come to Anfield. After joining Liverpool’s ranks for the first time in the twilight days on Brendan Rodgers’ tenure at Anfield, Origi took time to adapt to English football, not helped by the fact the young Belgian wasn’t given a game under Rodgers. Following the appointment of Jürgen Klopp however, Origi was given more playing time and earned his first (second and third) goal for Liverpool in the League Cup quarter final as the Reds breezed past Southampton 6-1.
Moving into the second half of the 2015/16 campaign Origi became a firm fan favourite, scoring in both legs of the Europa League tie against Borussia Dortmund and against Everton in his first Merseyside Derby. Sadly Origi’s season was ended prematurely thanks to an abhorrent challenge from Everton’s Ramiro Funes Mori, the Argentinian defender lashing out as Liverpool embarrassed his side 4-0. Origi has thankfully been able to continue his good for in the 2016/17 campaign, scoring 10 goals from 38 appearances across all competitions (as of 18/04/17), his most notable strike of the campaign being the third goal in Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Everton in April 2017.